Photos by Louis Dillon-Savage
‘The lighting, by Katie Sfetkidis, added immeasurably to the atmosphere: starting from complete blackness, it varied and grew brighter until the dramatic moment when the soprano was suddenly silhouetted’ – David Larkin for Bachtrack
by Giya Kancheli
Internationally acclaimed soprano Jane Sheldon joins Sydney Chamber Opera to perform a transcendentally haunting monodrama, Exil. Contemporary Georgian composer Giya Kancheli originally conceived his 1994 song cycle as a concert work, not for the stage. A setting of Biblical Psalms alongside post-Holocaust poetry by Paul Celan and Hans Sahl, it is an abstract twentieth-century drama of the soul in the face of unspeakable horror.
Melbourne’s Adena Jacobs stunned audiences when she staged an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona in 2012 for her company Fraught Outfit (restaged for Belvoir in August 2013) with The Monthly describing it as “stylishly austere, confronting and deeply intelligent.” Jacobs makes her music-lead theatre debut by staging Exil, creating a performance that is at once intimate and cosmic.
Photography: Samuel Hodge
Director: Adena Jacobs
Set & Costume: Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis